Cora Adell Backest

May 1, 1925May 1, 2012

DENISON – Cora Adell Backest, 87, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Homestead of Denison.

The family will be at Bratcher Funeral Home for visitation from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at Bratcher Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Lowell Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Calera, Oklahoma.

Pallbearers will be Colby Nunley, Brian Cole, Donnie Walton, Adam Chastain, Tyler Crawford, Mike Bush, Chance Backest, Donn Gordon, Carl Johnson and Todd King.

Cora was born May 1, 1925 in Springhill, Arkansas, the daughter of Richard Allen Johnson and Jodie Moses Johnson. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by sons Howard Backest of Bells, Texas, Richard Backest of Houston, Texas; daughters Jo Bush & husband Douglas of Denison, Everetta Nunley & husband Clarence of Colbert, Oklahoma, Jeanette Cole of Denison; brother Carl Johnson of Tulsa, Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by husband Howard “Pug” Backest; parents Richard Allen Johnson and Jodie Moses Johnson; son Robert Backest; grandson Brit Cole; brothers Robert & Melvin Johnson; sister Gladys Smith and best friend Helen Watson.

Arrangements are entrusted to Bratcher Funeral Home, 401 W. Woodard St., Denison, TX 75020, (903) 465-2323. On line condolences may be made to the family at



  • Visitation Wednesday, May 2, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 3, 2012


  • Burial

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May 7, 2012


Larry Miller

May 4, 2012

im very sorry for your loss our thoughts are with you. Larry Miller

Sharon Vest-Ward

May 4, 2012

To the Backest Family,
Thinking of you during this difficult time - sending prayers of comfort. So sorry for your loss.

Shirley (Mabary) Hill

May 4, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find comfort in God's love.

Lisa Siebert

May 3, 2012

Jannette and Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. My God wrap you in his arms and comfort you and give you peace. Just know that you will see her again someday. I will keep your family in my prayers.

May 3, 2012

Everetta & Family,
We are thinking of you at this time, you are in our thoughts and wishes for happier days.Love you,Sharon,Diana & Patty

Arnelda Turner

May 3, 2012

Everetta and Jeanette, So very sorry for your loss. May your memories of her love give you comfort at this difficult time.

Bobby & Cleo O'Neal

May 2, 2012

So sorry for the loss of such a fine lady. She will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

May 2, 2012

Evy, Lacy and Family...I'm so sorry for your loss. I know it's very hard but try to take comfort in knowing that she's no longer suffering. May God bless you and wrap his arms around you all during this very difficult time. I'm here if you need anything at all. I will see you tomorrow.

Love you!
Malissa Buchanan

May 2, 2012

Evy & Lacy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Love you
Stacie Belvin